A void property in Leigh Park came back to us in almost it’s original state. It had clearly been well looked after by the tenants and been a much-loved family home. However it was very dated with an original 1950’s kitchen including open shelving, wood panelling, and a ‘hanging’ florescent light.

Comserv bring the void up to date

As the kitchen required replacing the new tenants were invited to choose from the 4 unit styles and worktop options, the 4 floor tile choices, and the 6 wall tile options that are offered within Portsmouth City Council’s scope of work. We also discussed with them what white goods they already owned to allow for a plan so those would fit into the kitchen.

The lounge still had the old ‘three bar’ heater and tile surround fireplace which needed removing.

The lounge and bedrooms were wallpapered so that all needed removing too.

The bathroom was also the original basin, toilet and bath with an antiquated shower.

Our Operatives were onsite forweeks making this two bedroom property suitable for the next family.

Before - Kitchen

Before - Garden

Before - Lounge

The Finished Article

The kitchen was completely renovated with the removal of the wallpaper and wood panelling, and new cupboards, sink, worktops, flooring, extractor fan and heater.

The wallpaper in all rooms was removed, with walls then being made good and plastered where necessary and then mist coated ready for the tenants to put their own decoration on them.

The bathroom was updated with a new bath, basin, toilet, and extractor fan.

The gas fire in the lounge was removed, blocked up and skimmed, and new flooring was laid.

The old shed and greenhouse were removed and the garden returned to grass. Both the front and back gardens were then strimmed and tidied.

The external utility area was given new flooring.

New fire doors were fitted where appropriate and all door handles were updated with latches and windows were serviced.

After - Kitchen

After - Garden

After - Lounge

Housing Officer for Portsmouth City Council, Marie spoke to the tenant a month after she had moved into the property to see how she was finding it. The tenant said:

"It has made life better, and my son is loving the garden. The house seems bigger and there is more space for us.
We are enjoying all the clean and new kitchen and bathroom. We’re looking forward to making new happy memories here."